In Many Cities Throughout the United States, the Prevalence of Hate Crimes Has Increased. You Have Been Asked to Provide Your Insight Into This and Recommend Ways to Decrease the Occurrence of These Types of Crimes.

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Hate Crimes
NAME
SSCI210-1101B-08: Sociology
American Intercontinental University

Abstract
Prejudice can lead to many things. Hate crimes are something every individual has to be concerned with. Targets are not always based on race, but based on social class. Hate crimes are not always an uncontrollable or random act. Race motivated crimes occur when an ethnically or racially person starts to see a migration of people with different ethnic or racial backgrounds. Social class hate crimes occur when individuals feel they are trying to better their communities by ridding them of the “trash”. Prejudice will continue to exist because of human nature. Racial hatred if the most common hate crime with the target being mostly African
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Hate crimes are committed in all area, but particularly poor economic areas. Individuals in these areas tend to stereotype based on what is seen on television and movies. There have been occasions where hate crimes were committed by law-abiding people who feel they are doing the right thing for their community. And many times, drugs or alcohol encourages individuals to partake in activities they normally would not.
In an effort to try and minimize hate crimes, The American Psychological Association urged Congress to pass anti-discrimination laws to ensure legal action would be taken, (Hate Crimes & the Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA), 1999) The Office of Justice also supports laws against ethnic and racial conflicts. For example, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act was created to provide assistance to local and state law enforcement and amends the federal laws to investigation and prosecute those committing hate crimes, (Office of Justice Program, 2011). To help prevent hate crimes, communities should be encouraged to make an effort to educate everyone about minority stereotypes to hopefully reduce any hostility between racial or ethnic groups. It should be taught as early as possible to help eliminate bias towards others, (Understanding and Preventing Hate Crimes, 2007).
There are no easy ways to completely put a stop to hate crimes. Only with proper education…

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